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We’re Off To A Great Start!

unnamed-1This time of the year not only is a time for celebrating but also the time to welcome VISITORS to our campus. This is a key part to our success and our ability to keep offering the services we do. When our story becomes your story we all win!

The orphanage becomes a second home to individuals reaching out to learn more about our mission to larger groups that are seeking an organization to help.The MFO boys and girls cherish the love and time volunteers spend with them during this season. Personal experiences lead to the best stories and we are thankful that upon returning to the states so many of you share our story with others!

We have many plans in store for 2018:

· assisting in the successful graduation of 5 MFO Alumni completing their senior year in college,

· renewing our commitment to education for our primary school ensuring we continue our high standards,

· and we will begin to look at ways to reach out into the community to make sure children that don’t need to be in our care can be placed back with family members or other primary care givers.

With all of this on our plate we also will continue to work to meet the daily needs of food, shelter and security for all of those in our care. The help of volunteers who bring not only their time and love but also supplies of clothing, hygiene items and toys this work is not only possible it is happening every day! We are so thankful for our community and we look forward to 2018 – our 18th year of service together to the Haitian Community!

Maison FortunéWe’re Off To A Great Start!
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Just, Wow!

Our weekend was filled with celebration at the orphanage, as Ashley Horner, her team and our children celebrated an amazing accomplishment — running 230 miles through Haiti to raise money for our primary school.  The original goal was $28,000, to fund the school for an entire year.  When Ashley hit that goal, she doubled down, and kept running, challenging people around the world with a new goal of $56,000.

We are incredibly happy to report not only did Ashley meet the new goal, SHE BROKE IT.  As of this writing the fundraising page is over $64,000, from more than 1,100 donors!  

Not only did Ashley crush the goal and provide two years of funding for the school, she helped increase awareness about The Maison Fortunè Orphanage and our goal of raising the next generation of leaders for Haiti.  We are beyond thrilled, and so very appreciative of everything Ashley and her team have done for the children.  Of course the mission doesn’t end here – we have more needs, but thanks to Ashley’s efforts, we’re able to focus even more resources to our other challenges.

We’ll close with a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported Ashley and the children of Maison Fortunè through dollars, tears, sweat, sharing the story and sending prayers and warm thoughts. Thank you.

Maison FortunéJust, Wow!
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Day 4: Ashley Runs Haiti

“Go as far as you can see. And when you get there, keep going.”

Day 4 Update . “We have made it to St. Raphael. Ashley has run straight since we left Cap-Haitien around 12:30 early this morning. It’s been the longest straight stretch so far without a big break. And she is absolutely dominating today’s run. Maybe it’s the nicer weather today – a cool overcast day with a breeze instead of the rain or sweltering heat we’ve seen so far. Or possibly that she got everything she needed last night to actually recover: rest, food, sleep in a real bed. Or maybe it’s the simple fact she knows we’ve hit all the big check points before Hinche where we’ll meet up with all the kids at the end of the run.


When she first told me she wanted to do this… I’ll be the first to admit I made the mistake of doubting the whole thing. “It’s too dangerous” I told her. “The conditions are so different down there.” And it’s not that I assumed she hadn’t thought about these things, and maybe I was being a bit too glass-half-empty… but it sounded impossible to me. It sounded like too big of a feat for any one person to try and tackle. But I realized, very quickly, that Ashley is not your average person… She’s been forged from a different mentality and an inner strength that’s more powerful than anything I’ve ever known. No mountain is too high, and no challenge is too great with her.


It makes you check yourself and recognize how easy it is to say something isn’t possible, or worse maybe – that something isn’t worth the risk of simply trying. I think the majority of us probably only have ever witnessed about 10% of what we are truly capable of. This week, we are all witnessing what it looks like when someone puts their full 100% in the game.”

Source:  https://www.facebook.com/AshleyHornerFitness/

 

The AshleyRunsHaiti campaign for the education of the MFO children has surpassed the original goal of $25,000 and is currently at $57, 369 (Raised by 934 people).

Thank you Ashley for your commitment and amazing strength.

Maison FortunéDay 4: Ashley Runs Haiti
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Over The Mountains And Through Haiti…Ashley Horner Surpasses Her Goal!

With each step I take, I already know I will never be alone- Tomorrow it begins; a journey that will be stamped on my heart forever- Ashley Horner17799158_1446794298678509_7496490116408939980_n

17499085_1445573138800625_6608013554408851587_nYesterday, Maison Fortuné Orphanage donor and pro fitness competitor Ashley Horner set off on her 230 mile run around Haiti to raise money for an entire year of MFO primary school funding. We are excited to announce that on day two of Ashley’s journey she has surpassed the $25,000 goal and the donations are rolling in!  Way to go Ashley!

To help you understand the magnitude of this journey, here are some excerpts from the on-site coverage of this feat that you can read on:

Day 1: We’ve passed through a few small towns now. The congestion of the downtown areas makes for chaos and confusion, especially with our convoy of 2 motos, 2 vehicles and Ashley on foot of course. But the roads aren’t exactly set up to easily take “detours” here, so we truck right through it. Ashley’s wearing a Buff to try and help with the immense amount of smog and exhaust she’s breathing in as every car passes. She came back to the car and said, “This heat is no joke…” but thankfully the sun is going down and the air is cooling right along with it. Hannah hopped out around Mile 5 and together they’re keeping a slow and steady pace. Starting off too fast will likely lead to problems down the road. We’re keeping her hydrated, stopping just for several seconds to wipe off the sweat, sip some water and keep going.

 

17522693_1435994616422243_7963963337010569447_nDay 2: Around 4am this morning, we rolled out our sleeping mats and found a safe clearing at the top of the hill outside of St. Marc. We knew our driver needed to get some rest for the long day we knew today held. Ashley got a little rest, but she mostly kept saying how she wanted everyone else to get some sleep. Doesn’t surprise me one bit, that the girl running over 200 miles across Haiti is still putting everyone else first. She woke up and shook off the stiffness and aches from yesterday. Hannah brought her cupping tools to try and get some circulation to Ashley’s hamstrings. She ate some Mountain House granola, got some aminos in her, and is off running again. Hoping to make some serious miles before the heat of the day hits.  ☀️ We are getting updates from the orphanage and all the children are praying for Ashley’s safe finish for her run. They can’t wait to run the final mile with her when we get close to Hinche. We are getting updates from the orphanage and all the children are praying for Ashley’s safe finish for her run. They can’t wait to run the final mile with her when we get close to Hinche. 

I‘m not sure who in their right mind would ever guess that running across a country would be glamorous. But this just goes to show that even though the body is capable of some ridiculous things, it’s definitely going to show its struggle. We stopped for a foot check 17800167_1436136709741367_5409549068842841254_nbecause Ashley was saying she felt some blisters forming, but we had no idea how bad they were going to be. Two big ones on the sides of both feet, and some serious damage to the toenails of her left foot. We made a big mistake of not changing socks when we got some rest this morning, and she’s hurtin’ now because of it, but just moments after getting bandaged up – she hit the road again. It’s getting pretty hot. Almost midday. We are somewhere between St Marc and Gonaives. Everyone is feeling the heat, with nowhere to find shade or cool off. This is a straight stretch of road and I can sense Ashley is bracing herself for the reality of the mountains and climbing that lie ahead of her. We haven’t even gotten to the serious elevation here…. not even close… No guess yet on when we’ll hit the mountains. But I’ll continue to keep you all updated. She keeps asking, through multiple “I’m fine… I feel good” or polite requests for snacks or water – how the fundraiser is doing. I cant emphasize enough how much this means to her. She is putting her body through the wringer, pushing to limits I can’t even fathom, to be able to set foot in the Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation and be able to tell the children their school costs are completely paid for for a full year. Please if you can spare even just a few dollars – it all adds up. -eva

The emotions are overflowing. This is incredible. We were just pausing to collect ourselves and plan out the next few hours to save energy during the heat of the day. And all of a sudden @erin_crooks_ texts me and says “You reached your goal!” I thought it had to be wrong…. Our goal was $28k…. but we are pushing forward. Why stop there with the generosity and compassion pouring out from every person reading this… you are part of this now. We’re all in this together.  Let’s shoot for TWO whole years of school for these kids. Ashley is still running… we still need your encouragement and support.

Click here to donate:  https://www.razoo.com/story/7axccf

 

 

 

 

Maison FortunéOver The Mountains And Through Haiti…Ashley Horner Surpasses Her Goal!
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Surround Yourself With Good People-Good Happens!

When you start out with a vision of doing good things and you surround yourself with good people- GOOD HAPPENS!

When I came back to my home country with the vision to “make sure children without access to education could obtain one”  – I had no idea that so many years later the work would extend so far beyond the four boys and one room house I started with.  I also never imagined and that the people I’ve met along the way would believe in me and be the reason we are able to go so far.

JeanLouiseGroupBeing the Founder and Director of Maison Fortune Orphanage I have a unique role that has become more than I had ever imagined.  When visitors come now what they see is a very different picture than the photos we took 15 years ago.  Now in addition to the smiles on the children attending primary school, they also see high school girls making their dreams a reality through education, and University students looking ahead to graduation and starting their own businesses.   Thank you for making this a beautiful reality for over 200 children in our current care and the 70+ who have moved beyond our care and are now finding their own way.

In additional to kids it is my unique position to also see our facilities.  Today I want to highlight those of you who have also shared that vision over the years have contributed to our Capital and Building Funds.   Our children are only as safe as their environment allows them to be and that is
Roof1why your special support to our buildings, infrastructure, and security is so important.  Over the years our buildings have been painted, generators bought and fixed, pumps installed, wells dug for a constant safe water supply, and roofs have gone up for shelter from the storms.  All of these projects are prioritized, budgeted, and done with local companies and labor.  When you give to our capital fund you are enhancing the lives of our children but also lifting up our Hinche community.  I can’t thank you enough.

This year we have been renovating and building a new kitchen area.  This is only possible with additional giving beyond our operational needs and we are so appreciative.  With our new space our children can study out of the rain and our cooks can prepare meals while it rains!  Our transition to gas cooking is nearly complete and we are grateful!!  We will be saving money going forward by not buying charcoal and saving the environment at the same time!  With your support we no longer need to procure 150 lbs of charcoal each week to keep our fires hot!  Thank you! Thank you!

Lastly, while we have been working together to change the lives of others, you have also changed mine.  In a time where the world seems to be turning inward I am grateful to know the exact opposite is true.  Alongside each other we will always be stronger, Thank you.

-Lefort Jean Louis, Founder and Director Maison Fortune Orphanage

Maison FortunéSurround Yourself With Good People-Good Happens!
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In The News: Press Coverage About Fund-Raising Run

Maison Fortuné Orphanage donor and pro fitness competitor Ashley Horner will soon embark on a 230 mile run in Haiti to raise money for our primary school funding, and the world is taking notice.  This week Ashley’s effort was picked up by the Southside Daily news website in Virginia Beach.

The article describes Ashley’s previous fund-raising funs and her goal of raising $25,000 to support our primary school for an entire year!  As of March 8, more than $8,000 has already been raised in support.  Way to go Ashley!  We couldn’t be happier with all you’re doing to support The Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation!

Here’s a link to the full article.

You can learn more about the run here.

Maison FortunéIn The News: Press Coverage About Fund-Raising Run
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Going The Extra Mile(s) For Our Children

It’s easy to tell people about the Maison Fortuné Orphanage, but the impact is always so much greater when people experience the culture and children for themselves.  Every time that we see a volunteer light up as they SEE and UNDERSTAND the potential that these kids have for Haiti’s future – our resolve for the mission to raise future leaders of Haiti becomes stronger.

Last year we welcomed an extraordinary visitor – well-known fitness expert and business owner, Ashley Horner. While at the orphanage, Ashley fully embraced the culture and gave her heart, soul and mind to the children of MFO – as if they were her own. On her way home, she knew that there was more to be done and that the adventure together with her MFO family had just begun.
Ashley immediately hit the ground running (both literally and figuratively) with plans to help the MFO children in an extraordinary way. On April 3, 2017, Ashley will lace up her shoes and embark on a trek through Haiti. From Port-Au-Prince, up to the mountains on the north side of the island, past the beautiful coastline of Cap Haitien, and back south where the roads are no longer paved to return to the little town of Hinche, where the boys and girls of MFO will join her for the last mile ofher 230+ mile run.Ashleu Runs Haiti

Why is she doing this you might as?  Here is an excerpt from Ashley’sblog that will help you understand:

“It all starts with education, deep rooted from the very beginning and built from the ground up.And releasing them back into the community to become the leaders of Haiti. What I witnessed during my time in Haiti were traditions passed on from generation to generation and many of those will never change, this is what makes Haitians so beautiful and unique. What I also saw, were so many unfinished or non-logical solutions started by ‘American volunteers’ that did more harm than good. What they need is education for the students, encouraging them to attend Haitian university, educating the Haitian doctors, educating the teachers. And the infrastructure will change. This is why at Maison Fortune education is the number one priority, and this is why I have set out on this journey to raise a lot of money for the Maison Fortune educational funding.  My goal, with your help, is to raise $28,000 for the elementary school.  Believe me when I say the boys and girls are so so smart, they simply need the tools of education to put them back into a country that needs them.”

 

We are grateful to have Ashley in our MFO family, and invite you to join her in support as she embarks upon this journey through Haiti toward creating more opportunities for our children!

 

 

 

 

Maison FortunéGoing The Extra Mile(s) For Our Children
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Do Your Online Shopping Through Amazon, Donate to MFO – It’s a Win-Win!

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All year long, Amazon Smile partners with non-profits and charitable organizations to create more opportunities for individuals to give back to causes they care about. As we approach the holiday season, many people will be turning to Amazon for their holiday gift shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we want YOU to take advantage of this special program to help support the children of Maison Fortuné Orphanage!

It’s easy. All you have to do is click through to this link, and select MFO as your choice for preferred organization, then start shopping! You’ll need to be sure you’re using the “Smile.Amazon.com” link each time you shop.

How does it work?

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. The only difference is the link you use to access Amazon! There is no additional charge for participating in the Amazon Smile program. However, we always encourage you to consider making a recurring or one-time donation through our website here.

Support us when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0007910 and Amazon donates to Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation Inc.

 

Maison FortunéDo Your Online Shopping Through Amazon, Donate to MFO – It’s a Win-Win!
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Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving

Haiti-child-planned-giving-orphanage-girlPlanned gifts can provide increased income and valuable tax savings to you, while at the same time allowing you to make a significant commitment to the future of the Maison Fortuné Orphanage. Planned giving options include bequests, trusts and life-income gifts. These provide donors with the satisfaction of knowing they are leaving a legacy of philanthropic support by giving a planned gift to an organization close to his or her heart. These gifts can help secure the future health and success of the organization.

Planned Giving

[Rick Martin, Treasurer]

In the past, the Foundation has reached out to our donors asking for support to the current operating budget for food, clothing, housing, etc…to meet the immediate needs of the Maison Fortuné Orphanage.  But the Foundation is also interested in the sustainable future support to create a lasting mission that provides for the children of Maison Fortune in Hinche, Haiti.  The Foundation created an Endowment Fund just for that purpose many years ago – to provide for the future mission at Maison Fortuné.  Donors continue to have the opportunity and option of supporting that Endowment through direct donation or through Planned Giving.

Though current operations are our priority, the Endowment must also grow and be supported. A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning.  The Foundation can accept gifts of cash that maybe tax deductible depending on your tax situation.  You might also consider donating a gift of life insurance where the death proceeds from the insurance are paid to the Foundation.  There are also Charitable Trusts where a donor may want to make a donation to the Foundation, but not give undivided Trust interest to the Foundation.  All of these options are available, but in all cases you should consult your financial adviser, tax attorney, and estate attorney to determine what is best for you.  Thank you for your continued generous support.  Questions related to Planned Giving can be sent to donate@mfofoundation.org.

Planned gifts typically offer substantial tax savings to donors especially on appreciated properties and securities. A planned gift can reduce income tax and avoid capital gains tax.

Haiti-child-planned-giving-orphanageMaking The Most Of Your Gifts

As you think about making your contribution to MFOF please keep in mind your Company may match your donation amount!  Many corporations have matching gifts programs and match dollar for dollar an employee’s contribution to a specific organization.  We are also happy to help with the paperwork to facilitate the matching gift.  Check with your company and we look forward to you gift!

We also suggest that you consider gifts to charity in lieu of holiday gifts. The internet makes it easier than ever to connect loved ones with your favorite charity as an alternative to traditional gift giving.  Together your friends can make a bigger impact – here are some holiday gifting ideas to help you get started:

  • Support a child with the gift of meals for three months: $100
  • Support the high school tuition for a MFO resident: $250
  • Sponsor a year of school for a University Student in Haiti: $2500
Maison FortunéMake the Most of Your Charitable Giving
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Combined Federal Campaign Support

For Military personnel or Federal Employees who are currently Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation donors or  potential donors looking for a good cause, the Federal Government is starting its 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation is an approved charitable organization by the CFC governing board.

Your federal organization, command, or unit has the necessary information to donate through the campaign but you will need the CFC number for Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation: 12234.

Your generous tax-deductible donation will go directly to the operating budget of Maison Fortuné to provide food, clothing, education, and a solid shelter for the 200 orphans, some of the poorest children in Haiti. The Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation has a goal of adding 1,500 new donors by 2019. Your consistent donation allows the Foundation to meet the monthly budgetary needs for the children. Please consider donating.

Maison FortunéCombined Federal Campaign Support
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